Friday, January 12, 2007

30 million more men than women

China will have 30 million more men of marriageable age than women in less than 15 years as a gender imbalance resulting in part from the country's tough one-child policy becomes more pronounced, state media reported Friday. Traditional preferences for sons has led to the widespread - but illegal - practice of women aborting babies if an early term sonogram shows it is a girl.

The tens of millions of men who will not be able to find a wife could also lead to social instability problems, the China Daily said in a front-page report.

Well, the traditional way of dealing with too many young and sexually frustrated males is what again? Perhaps we'll get lucky and they'll go pick up women from other countries instead: the cultural implications of that might be rather byzantine. There might be a bunch of immigration instead. We'll see. Ought to be interesting. Maybe Demography Matters will tackle this one.

1 comment:

Randy McDonald said...

I tackled it for rich Asia:

Apparently the percentages of births to mothers of foreign origin either ahs already or is set to breach the double-digit level in South Korea and Taiwan.